November 4th, 2011

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Finally Friday!

:whew: Spent the morning arguing with Herself.....yesterday, we discussed the changes I am making in History. Today, after school, I made her organize her binder (I have to supervise, or it doesn't get done.). She had 3 weeks worth of papers just jammed in there - and hey, lookie! Her current History notebook pages, UNcut and UNglued, in the back. And she had the audacity to COMPLAIN about me ditching the notebook????? :bangs head:

We also found her current (ie, just completed) Science notebook - also undone. Which explains the 50 she made on the test. (In all fairness, I must point out that Himself did not do HIS Science notebook, either....but he managed to eek out a 70 on his current test. :sigh:)

Oh, the histronics!

I had to go in and revamp my lesson plans - I now have a specific day set aside next chapter to verify that the Science notebooks are completed, and they WILL be graded on them. (Yes, I know I don't have to grade. BUT. Both kids are still sorta in the PS mindset, and - at the moment - grades matter. So...they get graded.) We had a long talk about how the State and the local ISD has the right to ask to see their current work...and if they came in today, I'd have to show them what? NOTHING. Because both of them refused to do what they were asked to do.


Also, reason #1,347 that I love my husband: I've been sick all week. Today is really the first day I have been nausea-free (mostly). Last night, SG came home and noticed that the house was...well.....kind of a disaster. See, when I came home I decided that the house and the schooling were now my Job. I've been keeping up with both - pretty much - but this week, I only had the stamina to do 1, and school won.

So. SG took a look around last night, and put his foot down. The kids have had chores - of course! - which they HAVE been doing, but they've been minimal (MY fault! Again, I felt that the house was MY job, not theirs). Both have areas they have to keep vacuumed and mopped, plus their rooms; Himself has to unload the dishwasher and Herself has to load it. (You'd think we were forcing them - well, Herself - to do slave labor, but honestly? That's it. Laundry is mostly me, because I do all the laundry on the same day and hang it out, and Himself isn't quite tall enough to hang all his own clothes. Easier to just dump it in with ours and separate it as I hang it. Plus, if left to themselves, Herself would NEVER have clean clothes. It's just a fact of life, living with an Aspie. My Aspie, anyway.)

As of today, they've taken over the complete care of their respective areas. For Himself, it's the kitchen/dining/laundry room + entry hall; for Herself, it's the entire Living Room and hallway. They share the upkeep of their bathroom and the music room. This includes dusting, wiping down the cabinets/woodwork.

Today went well...but I can see MAJOR problems (with Herself) down the road. :sigh: Aspies HATE change in took MONTHS for her to decide that vacuuming the living room was OK. This isn't going to be fun....but hey! The house looks *great* right now! :grin:

There's a lot of interesting dates coming for prophecy watchers......and some interesting "sky" events. Things are sure getting interesting!

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Let's talk Apps!

I figured I needed to go into the Sabbath on a fun note, so...why not mention the educational Apps I've been acquiring? :grin: Granted - these are from Apple, because we are a Mac-family, but I bet some of these can be find for Android/other smartphones/tablets as well.

Also - None of these were majorly expensive. I believe the most expensive one was $4.99 - the rest were either free on in the $0.99 - $1.99 range (but I can't remember what I paid for each one. Sorry!)


Algebra Pro: FANTASTIC. Unfortunately, it's no longer supported, but it's still worth getting. It has various categories, with easy-hard problems. You do the work right on the screen, then choose the multiple-choice answer. It has a button to show you how to solve it.

Barron's Pre-Algebra: Meh. You have to solve each level to unlock some REALLY stupid games. It was free...and honest? Isn't worth it - it gives NO feedback. You don't know what you missed. I downloaded ALL of the Barron's apps.....and they're all kinda sucky.

Grade7Math: Based on the Singapore Math books (which we use.) It looks to be basically the book, in App form (but not as in-depth). It has a section of instruction, then a section of Exercises, AND it has videos of various Algebraic topics. Nice!

Math Practice: Meh. Good problems, but....really below both kids' abilities. If your kids aren't in PreAlg yet, this might be a good one for you.

Algebra Intro: This one is.....weird. There's NO teaching - in the factoring section (the only section we've messed with) you drag and drop the numbers to group the variables/integers, then you tap the plus/minus/whatever to have the App do the math. Kinda stupid, but it DOES teach how to combine. I think this one was free - I certainly wouldn't recommend paying for it.

Mathemagics: COOL! This one is ALL about math tricks. It teaches you the trick, then gives you problems to practice it. LOVE IT!!!


AlephBetStory: Made for youngers, but a fun way to learn the Hebrew alephbet. For example, "Gimel" looks like a high-heel shoe. Gimel = Gap. We are enjoying it.

WordPower - Nice. Free version sends you a new word each day, the paid version (I think it's $9.99) gives you the whole program. Not as in-depth as some, but still nice.



All 3 of these were free, I think, and FANTASTIC. They keep you updated with the latest in Space exploration and discovery; 1 has videos, 1 has headlines - they're all fantastic.


This Day: Just what it says - what happened this day in History. Light, but cool - and each entry links to Wikipedia if you want more info.

Surf the Ages - WAY COOL. It's bascially a "fake" internet, with pages "dating" from 3500 BC to 1999. FASCINATING.

Declaration and Constitution - just what they say; they're copies of both documents, with supporting pages.

Presidents vs Aliens: Oh. My. Gosh! TOO Funny - you answer questions about the various presidents, to "earn" a President, whom you then.....:snicker: FLING at the aliens. :rofl: Among other things.....I think this one is going to be the big winner.

Stack the States/Stack the Countries: These 2 are similar - they teach Geography/History. By the same company that did Presidents vs Aliens, and just as funny. And yes - you DO stack the States/Countries! (And they're to scale, which makes it funnier!)


Analogies for Kids: Just what it says; it gets kids thinking. A bit young for my 2, but still fun

Brain Games: Logic puzzles. Himself has spent HOURS with this one,'s a hit!

Brain Fit: Basically, Tetris. Only, the pieces are on the bottom and you have to make them fit the space at top, without rotating any piece. Harder than it sounds, and addictive.

CloudySky: Teaches you about the various clouds and their formations, with really good pictures. Great for walks!

PBS: need I say anything? LOVE it - we can watch all the episodes of our favorite shows, dig deeper......too cool!

Most of these apps do NOT require internet (once they're installed, that is). Those that do, are the ones with videos. :shrug:

One of the things I LOVE about Apple - when you buy an App, it's pushed to EVERY iDevice you have sync'd to your iTunes account (or iCloud account, but I have reservations about that.) I mean, all these apps have been pushed to both the iPad and my iPhone (1 price!) If we were to get the kids another iPad (for example - we're NOT, because GAH, the price!), if I sync'd it to my iTunes, they'd flow to it. If we got each of them an iPod touch, ditto.....all for 1 purchase price. I think that's BRILLIANT of Apple, because it'll keep families like us loyal. (It also works with iBooks, which is FANTASTIC as well - I only have to buy 1 book, and it's pushed to both my phone and ipad. Brilliant!)

Gotta run - Sabbath's coming! Shalom!

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